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Not everyone knows that you need 5 kg of olives to obtain 1 liter of extra virgin olive oil.
According to ancient rural traditions, corn was seen both as an important food and an essential product in rural economics.
Grapeseed oil is perfect to prepare moisturizing and delicate scrubs to use directly on dry skin. You just need to combine a tablespoon of grape seed oil, two tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of sugar.
Among the oils we usually use, olive oil is the only one extracted from the fruit, not from the seeds.
Thanks to its excellent qualities, the grapeseed oil helps avoiding skin aging. It gives skin elasticity and fights free radicals.
The daily use of grapeseed oil brings several benefits. It is an excellent natural anti-age product thanks to its high concentration of vitamin E and antioxidants. It also helps reducing wrinkles and prevents from skin aging.
Grapeseed oil is perfect to maintain the correct levels of cholesterol in the blood. It also helps strengthening the cardiovascular system as it inhibits the production of eicosanoids that deteriorate renal function, undermine the immune system and damage the cardiovascular system.
Corn seed oil naturally contains plant sterols, which help mantain low cholesterol and improve blood flow.
The first soybean commercial cultivation is dated back to 1929 and widely spread after the Second World War.
Grapeseed oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that relieve from pain and swelling caused by arthritis.
Egyptians were the first to use olive oil as a beauty ingredient to soften their skin and revitalize their hair.
In case of operations or accidents, grapeseed oil on the skin helps reducing swelling quickly.
Extra virgin olive oil brings a huge quantity of beneficial effects on our organism: it fights free radicals, protects heart and arteries, reduces cerebral aging and prevents arterial circulatory disorders.
For a moisturizing and anti-age home beauty mask, you can shake some grape berries with a tablespoon of grapeseed oil. Add a tablespoon of acacia honey and put it on your face for half an hour. At the end of the treatment, wash your skin with abundant water (first warm, then cold to reactivate facial microcirculation).
Much appreciated since ancient times, this flower was among the favorites of Sun King during the Victorian Age, and Oscar Wilde chose it as the symbol of the Aesthetic Movement founded by him.
Soybean oil is extracted by a leguminous plant from Asia. Its beans have been an essential food source for about 5.000 years.
In the 16th century, sunflower plants grew spontaneously. They were cultivated as a food source for thousand years all over America, including Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Grapeseed oil is much appreciated as massage oil. It is very light and easy to absorb, and slides well on the skin.
Corn seed oil is produced from the germs of Zea maize, a graminaceous plant typically growing in North America and cultivated also in Italy.
Grapeseed oil helps reducing the quantity of LDL cholesterol and increasing that of HDL cholesterol in the blood. This important function keeps the arteries unobstructed and preserves a healthy cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
In Italy corn’s name became (and still now) “granturco” (“gran”/“corn”, “turco”/“Turkish”) to indicate its exotic origins.
In early Christianity, the olive branch was offered as a votive symbol. It followed believers gathered in catacombs to pray, and today it is the universal symbol of peace and love.
Among several fruit plants all over the Mediterranean countries, olives fruit later. The ripeness of olives, in fact, takes even more time than that of chestnuts during the year.
Grapeseed oil is perfect also for the body, as it keeps the skin smooth and compact, helping in the treatment of stretch marks.
Sunflower was used by Inca wise men to predict the forces of the universe through its seeds, forming a spiral of three concentric circles in a counterclockwise sense from the motion of the sun.
Sunflower seed oil is rich of linoleic and oleic acids which are essential for energy production, oxygen transfer to blood, synthesis of hemoglobin, prostaglandins functioning and correct hormonal activity.
Sunflower was discovered in Peru by Hernando Pizarro, who brought its seeds to Spain as a gift for Philip II.
A conditioning mask with grapeseed oil stimulates hair growth and keeps it smooth and soft from root to tip. Before using your shampoo, you can wet your hair and put some drops of oil on your head, abounding on the tips. Leave it stand for at least 10 minutes, then wash your hair as usual.
Traces of corn dated back to 3000 b. C. were discovered in Mexico. During the sixties, in some archaeological sites in Mexico City, corn pollen was found dated back to 80.000 years earlier.
Soybeans were introduced in Europe in the 18th century. They were brought to America at the beginning of the 19th century.
As an essential food for the survival of Mesoamerican populations, corn had a primary role also in mythology, in religion and in rituals. Aztecs, Maya and Inca offered thousand tons of corn to their Emperor.
Applied on the skin, grapeseed oil has astringent, toning and stimulating properties on capillary microcirculation.
Grapeseed oil strengthens and repairs blood vessels and capillaries, therefore it is largely used to stimulate blood circulation and treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Soybean oil is an effective treatment for hair straightening, being a natural conditioner and an excellent moisturizing mask. You can improve its smoothing effect combining one tablespoon of soybean oil with two tablespoons of castor oil. Put this blend (preferably warm) on your head and hair. Leave it stand for about 30 minutes, then wash and dry.
Seen as the symbol of the ancient Incan sun god, sunflower was venerated and used during rituals.
Sunflower cultivation is typical of Eastern Europe, but in the last few years it has been expanded also in Europe and Italy.
Thanks to the presence of linoleic acid, grape seed oil helps curing skin irritations caused by allergies, eczema and dermatitis, restoring optimal skin conditions.
Sunflower seed oil helps mantaining skin supple and moisturized. Its emollient, nutritional and soothing properties have been well known since ancient times.
Grapeseed oil is a powerful oxidant. 5-10 Drops in 50 ml of face cream helps reducing wrinkles and tones the skin.
Corn was a fundamental ingredient of the Maya diet. It was used in several dishes, like tortillas or tamales, and in the preparation of the warm atole drink.
Corn was imported in Spain by Cristoforo Colombo. It was known in Italy at the beginning of the 16th century, yet its diffusion in Europe was very slow.
Grapeseed oil is moisturizing, it repairs and nourishes the skin, leaving it luminous.
Grapeseed oil has optimal emollient qualities to make skin soft, smooth and perfectly moisturized. It is recommended for both face and body.
The beauty of the olive plant assured Greek goddess Athena, in her contest with Poseidon, the god of the seas, to dominate the flourishing city of Athens. Poseidon promised the control of the seas. However Athena convinced the assembly of gods giving Acropolis a beautiful olive plant.
Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reducing acne.
What makes grapeseeds so special? They contain Omega 6, linoleic acid, antioxidants of phenolic origin, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids. They represent a healthy and precious ingredient to prepare natural home remedies.
Rich of proteins, fats, sugars, minerals and vitamins, soybeans are very different from the other legumes for the quality characteristics of their proteins. Soybeans provide 40% of essential amino acids that our body is unable to produce and need to assume through food. It is a high percentage if compared to that contained in other food.